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Sensational McSharry's star continues to rise as she reaches first senior final at Europeans

It’s been some year for the 17-year-old Sligo swimmer.

Mona McSharry in action earlier.
Mona McSharry in action earlier.
Image: Andrea Staccioli/INPHO

JUST WHEN YOU thought 2017 couldn’t get any better for Ireland’s teenage swimming sensation Mona McSharry, she adds another achievement to her ever-growing list.

The 17-year-old this afternoon booked her place in a first senior international final — the 100m Breastroke at the 2017 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Copenhagen.

Sligo native McSharry has had a remarkable year at junior level, the standout moment coming as she won 100m breastroke gold at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Indianapolis.

And this week, she has made a solid step up to to senior level in Copenhagen.

Mona McSharry Golden Girl: McSharry with her European junior medals. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

After clocking a time of 1:05.40 and recording a 3rd place finish in her semi-final, she qualified for tomorrow’s final in 8th place. The time was just outside her own Irish record of 1:05.27.

Tomorrow’s final in the Danish capital is at 4.16pm Irish time, and here’s the startlist:

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